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Johnson & Johnson knew for decades that asbestos lurked in talc Baby Powder

  • A Reuters examination of many of those documents, as well as deposition and trial testimony, shows that from at least 1971 to the early 2000s, the company's raw talc and finished powders sometimes tested positive for small amounts of asbestos, and that company executives, mine managers, scientists, doctors and lawyers fretted over the problem and how to address it while failing to disclose it to regulators or the public.
  • In two cases earlier this year - in New Jersey and California - juries awarded big sums to plaintiffs who, like Coker, blamed asbestos-tainted J&J talc products for their mesothelioma.
  • A third verdict, in St Louis, was a watershed, broadening J&J's potential liability: The 22 plaintiffs were the first to succeed with a claim that asbestos-tainted Baby Powder and Shower to Shower talc, a longtime brand the company sold in 2012, caused ovarian cancer, which is much more common than mesothelioma.

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Mueller says the FBI is not to blame for Michael Flynn's false statements

  • WASHINGTON (AP) — The special counsel's office pushed back Friday at the suggestion that the FBI acted improperly in its interview of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, saying he agreed on his own to meet with federal agents and did not need a warning that it was against the law to lie to them.
  • The filing from special counsel Robert Mueller comes four days before Flynn gets sentenced on a charge of lying to the FBI about his conversations with the then-Russian ambassador to the United States.
  • It responds to a sentencing memorandum filed earlier this week by Flynn's lawyers that said the FBI did not warn him that it illegal to lie.
  • They said Flynn had lied several times to White House officials about his dialogue with ambassador Sergey Kislyak and simply repeated those falsehoods when approached by the FBI on Jan. 24, 2017.

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Special Report: J&J knew for decades that asbestos lurked in its Baby Powder

  • A Reuters examination of many of those documents, as well as deposition and trial testimony, shows that from at least 1971 to the early 2000s, the company’s raw talc and finished powders sometimes tested positive for small amounts of asbestos, and that company executives, mine managers, scientists, doctors and lawyers fretted over the problem and how to address it while failing to disclose it to regulators or the public.
  • A third verdict, in St. Louis, was a watershed, broadening J&J;’s potential liability: The 22 plaintiffs were the first to succeed with a claim that asbestos-tainted Baby Powder and Shower to Shower talc, a longtime brand the company sold in 2012, caused ovarian cancer, which is much more common than mesothelioma.

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CBS donates $20 million of Les Moonves' severance to 18 women's advocacy groups

  • With Moonves accused of sexual harassment and assault by numerous women, CBS said the money would go to organizations that combat harassment and promote workplace equality.
  • On Friday, the self-imposed deadline to announce the grant recipients, CBS named 18 groups that are receiving donations.
  • Two of the groups will "disburse smaller grants to additional organizations," CBS said.
  • One of the other recipients, RAINN, operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline.
  • The money is still in a holding pattern while the CBS board determines whether Moonves could be fired for cause, giving the company reason to claw back the $120 million.
  • According to a draft report by two law firms that was obtained by The New York Times, lawyers working for the board have found multiple reasons for the board to consider Moonves fired for cause.
  • His lawyer says he has fully cooperated with the law firm investigators.

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Johnson & Johnson knew for decades that its baby powder contained asbestos

  • A Reuters examination of many of those documents, as well as deposition and trial testimony, shows that from at least 1971 to the early 2000s, the company's raw talc and finished powders sometimes tested positive for small amounts of asbestos, and that company executives, mine managers, scientists, doctors and lawyers fretted over the problem and how to address it while failing to disclose it to regulators or the public.
  • In two cases earlier this year - in New Jersey and California - juries awarded big sums to plaintiffs who, like Coker, blamed asbestos-tainted J&J; talc products for their mesothelioma.
  • A third verdict, in St. Louis, was a watershed, broadening J&J;'s potential liability: The 22 plaintiffs were the first to succeed with a claim that asbestos-tainted Baby Powder and Shower to Shower talc, a longtime brand the company sold in 2012, caused ovarian cancer, which is much more common than mesothelioma.

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J&J kept a guiding hand on talc safety research

  • A Reuters examination of many of those documents, as well as deposition and trial testimony, shows that from at least 1971 to the early 2000s, the company's raw talc and finished powders sometimes tested positive for small amounts of asbestos, and that company executives, mine managers, scientists, doctors and lawyers fretted over the problem and how to address it while failing to disclose it to regulators or the public.
  • In two cases earlier this year – in New Jersey and California – juries awarded big sums to plaintiffs who, like Coker, blamed asbestos-tainted J&J talc products for their mesothelioma.
  • A third verdict, in St. Louis, was a watershed, broadening J&J's potential liability: The 22 plaintiffs were the first to succeed with a claim that asbestos-tainted Baby Powder and Shower to Shower talc, a longtime brand the company sold in 2012, caused ovarian cancer, which is much more common than mesothelioma.

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Despite Trump's claims, campaign finance violations can be very serious

  • Washington (CNN) - President Donald Trump and his Republican allies in Congress this week have repeatedly sought to dismiss as trivial allegations that Trump directed hush money payments to women in potential violation of the nation's campaign-finance laws.
  • But election-law experts say those arguments are getting harder to make, as the crimes outlined by federal prosecutors this week pose fresh legal risks for Trump and his campaign.
  • Cohen was sentenced this week to three years in prison for several crimes including bank fraud, tax evasion and campaign-finance violations.
  • Cohen and federal prosecutors have implicated Trump in the campaign-finance crimes, saying the then-Republican presidential candidate directed Cohen to make illegal, six-figure payments to two women to avoid a scandal before the 2016 election.
  • Members of Congress and their campaign-finance lawyers "do a generally good job" complying with federal election law, he said.

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Founding ICAC Commissioner Ian Temby's career regret

  • The lawyer's about-to-end career demonstrates the dangers of prominent government service: powerful enemies are easily made, independence isn't necessarily rewarded, and fame doesn't guarantee income.
  • His best shot at becoming a judge – a job he would have loved – came when he was asked to set up an agency to root out corruption in NSW politics and government.
  • Temby was interested, but told NSW Attorney-General John Dowd that more government work might limit his career options in the private sector.
  • Temby didn't, which may have been because he brought down Greiner in 1992 by finding the premier unethically offered a senior public service job to a Liberal MP to secure his own position.
  • In the next few weeks Temby, 76, plans to surrender his practicing certificate and end one of the most interesting legal careers in modern Australian law.
  • Five years later, after a decade of government jobs, Temby joined the Sydney bar.

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Trump inauguration spending reportedly under criminal investigation by federal prosecutors

  • Manhattan-based federal prosecutors are investigating whether some of the $107 million in donations to then-President elect Donald Trump's inaugural committee were misspent, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.
  • The Journal, citing people familiar with the matter, said the investigation arose in part from the slew of materials seized in April raids on Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, by federal prosecutors.
  • Cohen on Wednesday was sentenced to three years in prison on charges that came in part from those April raids on his office and residence.
  • The criminal probe is also looking into whether some of the committee's top spenders traded money for access to the incoming Trump administration, as well as "policy concessions or to influence official administration positions," sources told the Journal.
  • A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Manhattan declined CNBC's request for comment.
  • Read the full report from The Wall Street Journal.

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Graduates who flock to Wall Street, Silicon Valley, and big law in search of prestige might be in for a harsh wake-up call only a few years later

  • Not to mention that jobs at the most desirable companies tend to pay handsomely — enough to start tackling a mountain of student debt or support a family, typical concerns in the early and middle stages of a career.
  • One woman I spoke to, Alysa Ain, 31, told me about quitting her job at a top New York City law firm.
  • Ain graduated from Harvard Law School and was initially excited about the idea of doing something "prestigious." But once she'd started working, Ain felt unfulfilled and unable to keep up with the demands on her time and energy.
  • Ain told me about Googling advice in the middle of the night; she ultimately wound up in career coaching and is now applying to graduate programs in clinical social work.

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